Man Utd frustrate Chelsea at the Bridge

English Premier League

Chelsea and Manchester United could not be separated as the sides played to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

Carrick made a shock decision to omit Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting line-up as Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes were recalled with Ronaldo, Donny van de Beek, Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire dropping out.

Chelsea came close in just the fourth minute. Marcos Alonso threaded a ball through for Callum Hudson-Odoi and Victor Lindelof came to try and make the challenge but let him through far too easily before the Englishman opened up his body and tried to curl it into the far post from an angle on the left but the effort was saved brilliantly saved by the legs of David de Gea.

In the 18th minute, Alonso played in Hudson-Odoi down the left wing and the latter came inside and fed Hakim Ziyech, whose first-time effort went over the crossbar.

Hudson-Odoi was the best player on the park and six minutes later delivered an inch-perfect cross into the box for Werner, but the German glanced his header wide.

An unlikely source in Antonio Rudiger came the closest any player had to breaking the deadlock on the half-hour mark when the Blues centre-back left the crossbar shaking after a firebolt from 30 yards.

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De Gea had to be on his toes on the stroke of half-time when Reece James' free-kick towards the back post looked like it may be sneaking into the corner as the Spaniard tipped it around the post.

Despite being largely second best, United took the lead against the run of play in the 53rd minute. Jorginho made a horrible error as he passed back straight to Jadon Sancho, who was through on goal and slotted his strike past Edouard Mendy for the opener.

Werner should have equalised for Thomas Tuchel's side in the 58th minute. Alonso whipped a cross into the box that was deflected into the path of Werner six yards out, but he could only flash his attempt wide of the target.

Chelsea had a way back into the game when they won a penalty in the 67th minute after Aaron Wan-Bissaka caught Thiago Silva with an outstretched leg. Jorginho stepped up and slotted the spot-kick into the bottom-left corner.

Chelsea had a glorious chance to win it with the last action of the match when Ziyech played a ball down the right-hand side for Mount, who chipped to the back post for an unmarked Rudiger, who had the goal at his mercy but blazed his volley horribly over the bar.

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